By Gordon Robinson

With the NBA trade deadline approaching, the Atlanta Hawks have been linked to a number of trade rumors. Even after going to the Eastern Conference Finals last season it is evident that something needs to change. Hawks upper management has admitted to listening to trades even though they are not “actively” shopping anyone around. I think it would be safe to say that the only guy on the roster that is even close to untouchable would be Paul Millsap. While any of the others could be dealt, here is a list of who could be shipped out and why:

Even after going to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, it is evident that something needs to change. Hawks upper management has admitted to listening to trades even though they are not “actively” shopping anyone around. I think it would be safe to say that the only guy on the roster that is even close to untouchable would be Paul Millsap. While any of the others could be dealt, here is a list of who could be shipped out and why:

I think it would be safe to say that the only guy on the roster that is even close to untouchable would be Paul Millsap, while any of the others could be dealt. Here is a list of who could be shipped out and why:

Here is a list of who could be shipped out and why:

5. Dennis Schroder – Dennis is an up and coming point guard and many teams are looking for just that. Dennis could be used to get a needed piece to the puzzle or add some extra draft picks to acquire more talent.

4. Tiago Splitter – The Tiago Experiment hasn’t quite gone the way the Atlanta Hawks have hoped. Atlanta needs a rebounder and a rim protector and Splitter is neither. His minutes have been limited, he hasn’t been able to move Al Horford to the four spot and he is only averaging 5.6 points per game and 3.3 rebounds.

3. Jeff Teague – Somehow Atlanta believes that Dennis Schroder is ready to take over and lead the team. There are several teams that are interested in a good point guard like Teague, who has still only scratched the surface of his talents.

2. Kyle Korver – Korver hasn’t been as big of an asset as he was last season for various reasons. The Hawks need an athletic wing who can play defense and create his own shot (both tasks appear difficult for Kyle).

1. Al Horford – Al is a free agent at the end of the season and if the Hawks don’t want to get him close to a max contract it may be best to trade him before he signs elsewhere. Atlanta may have also gone as far as they will go with Horford as part of their core and they have never made a serious attempt to move him to power forward.

The Atlanta Hawks need to make a move that will get them closer to the Cleveland Cavaliers and make them a real contender to take the Eastern Conference. While a trade this season may not change things immediately, it may set in motion activity to make the Hawks a real challenger for the NBA title.

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